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Nutritional advice during Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October 22, 2018, 1:35 pm

Though there has been a remarkable increase in breast cancer awareness, many forget to take the steps to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.

As you always hear, some food can make your body the healthiest it can be, boost your immune system, and help keep your risk for breast cancer as low as possible. But also maintaining a healthy weight may help reduce the risk of breast cancer.

Studies have shown that women who gained weight after their breast cancer diagnosis had an increased risk of recurrence, so weight is an important factor.

Many studies have found the link between food and breast cancer rates, studies have found that Japanese women (they eat healthy food) have a much lower rate of breast cancer than American women. But when Japanese women emigrate to live in the USA, their breast cancer risk goes up. So the difference in risk is influenced by lifestyle or the environment rather than any inherited risk. And the most obvious change is their whole lifestyle (way of eating, activity factor, pollution etc.)

Regarding the food we eat, there is no strong evidence that one specific food or supplement will prevent the risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer or reduce the risk of recurrence.

Actually the research of relating diet and breast cancer is still ongoing, but what we need to focus on:

·         Eat plenty of vegetables and fruit (more than 5 cups a day), as those contain a lot of antioxidants, that prevent oxidation, and so prevents free radicals form producing in the body. Free Radicals formation are a risk factor of any cancer.

·         Keep your body weight in a healthy range.

·         Try to limit your fat intake to less than 30% of your total calories per day. So start eliminating some food with the highest fat content and gradually lower the amount of unhealthy fat you eat, like fried food, butter, yellow cheese, croissants, donuts and cakes.

·         Eat food high in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, tuna, nuts, avocado, olive oil and canola oil.

·         Eat more Soy, like edemame, or drink soya milk. Soy contain isoavones, that act as weak estrogen in the body, and prevent cancer cells for developing.

·         Avoid trans-fat, red meat, and any food that has been cooked on very high temperatures, or even eating burnt food.

·         Stay away from processed food and food that contain Nitrates, like salami, hotdog and mortadella.

·         Stay away from any food that contains colorant like candies and soft drinks.

·         Stick with fresh fruits and vegetables with healthy nutrients. 

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